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Apr 5, 2010 11:32 AM

Quiche. What kind? How many?

20 coming for brunch on Sunday. I'm getting 2 dozen bagels (which will be 26), making a large fruit salad, chocolate cake (it's a birthday brunch). I'd like to round out the meal with a variety of quiches. Pretty hearty appetites on these folks, 2 vegetarians. How many quiches should I plan on serving and what are your favorite recipes? Thanks. (Any additional ideas are welcome as well).

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  1. I made quiche for a restaurant I worked in (my job as a baker). We cut them in 8 slices but you can easily get 10 slices out of a 9 inch pie since you are doing a variety.

    Some of the favorites were Italian sausage & fennel, smoked salmon & dill, Vegetable (which included mushrooms, onions, roasted bell pepper, sauteed diced potato, spinach and smoked gouda cheese or any combination of veggies on hand), and of course, classic Lorraine...I'd sometimes do a specialty of sweet potato hash quiche, which included diced and sauteed sweet potatoes cooked until nearly fork tender, red bell pepper, celery, onion, grated ginger, cilantro.

    1. I love sauteed leeks and chevre, possibly with a little bit of shallot and/or thyme. Mushroom and sausage go well together. Several of the salty cheeses (feta, gruyere) combine well w/ veggies. I also sometimes make quiche with tons of veggies, some cheese, and little egg when I want it to have a lighter ratio.

      1. Yes you can get 8 - 10 slices out of a 9" pie... but if your hearty eaters are like mine... I'd go with a more generous portion.

        For 20 people I'd make 4-5 quiches. Easily two could be vegetarian because with a great cheesy quiche you don't feel the loss of meat. Cheryl's options below cover a lot of ground.

        I'd consider an Asparagus quiche because they're in season right now.

        Also consider savory tarts where you can use frozen puff pastry. Easy.

        1. I would say at least 4 quiche. I have always found that ham, bacon, brocolli, red pepper, mushroom and onion go the quickest.

          Have you thought about having a baked ham? That would make anyone happy and it is really easy to prepare.

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          1. re: NE_Elaine

            Considering that many people are likely to be eating leftover Easter ham this week, I would not serve ham at this particular brunch.

            One of my favorite quiche combinations is cheddar, onion, shredded carrot, and diced apple, with or without bacon. But since you are serving bagels, I would do omelets rather than quiche - too much starch, especially with a birthday cake to follow. Julia Child did an omelet "torte" which is a make-ahead dish that looks very impressive. Make a bunch of omelet rounds (like crepes), and put various prepared fillings between the layers. Heat through in the oven, serve in wedges with optional mornay sauce.

          2. Twenty people in attendance? You'll need five quiches.
            My favorite is seafood [and cheese] quiche. Zucchini quiche comes in second.

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            1. re: Cheese Boy

              Seafood and cheese together in one quiche? Yeesh! I'm thinking 5 is the right number too.

              1. re: Cheese Boy

                Any chance you have a good recipe for zucchini quiche cheese boy?

                1. re: millygirl

                  @millygirl, I will save myself any ridicule buy saying, "No, I don't have any good recipes for zucchini quiche". I pride myself in the simplicity of some of my recipes and this happens to be one of those. Key ingredients though are: zucchini, evoo, dried oregano, yellow onions, eggs, grated cheese, and your choice of flour.

                  @southernitalian, Seafood quiche is addictive. Follow your recipe directions for making a standard quiche. Then to those ingredients add crab meat, lobster, shrimp, whatever you like, and then some Gruyère de Comté, cheddar or swiss and bake.